February 8th, 2012
GAS CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team is advancing to the semi-finals in this week‚Äôs battle for the sectional title after beating host Mississinewa on its home court Tuesday, 73-43.
After a competitive 12-8 first quarter, the Lady Wildcats built a comfortable lead in the second period and maintained it throughout the rest of the game.
Whitko began the second quarter with 10 unanswered points and held the Lady Indians scoreless for almost four minutes.
Whitko had a 32-18 lead at halftime.
A narrow band of snowfall resulted in five inches of snow in Churubusco Saturday morning. But, that didn‚Äôt stop the Skinner family (at right) from building a huge snowman. Left to right are Desiree, Sam, Josh and Wes Skinner of Churubusco. ‚ÄúWinter has finally come to us,‚ÄĚ remarked mom, Desiree. The finished product was said to be a likeness of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning who won the Super Bowl Sunday on his brother Peyton‚Äôs turf in Indianapolis. ‚ÄúI was shoveling the snow and it was so heavy,‚ÄĚ said Josh Skinner.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ John L. Fries, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Saturday evening.
He was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a son of Leo J. and Ella Marie (Perry) Fries.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City and Thorncreek Township. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947, from Indiana University with a bachelor‚Äôs degree in education in 1953 and from Indiana University with a master‚Äôs degree in education in 1962.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ The Warsaw girls swimming sectional finals took place Saturday, and Columbia City Lady Eagle Libby Bower had been here before.
As a freshman and sophomore, Bower finished second in 100-yard butterfly consolation races.
Her junior year, she finished fifth in the sectional final to determine the state tourney representative, missing her trip to the finals by four places. Saturday, the senior again improved upon her previous efforts, taking first place and taking her first trip to Indianapolis with a time of 1:06.27.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Princesses and Prince Charmings were all the rage on Friday night in Columbia City. Hundreds of fathers and daughters attended the seventh annual Father Daughter Dance at First Church of God Friday night. The event was sponsored by Columbia City Parks and several area businesses.
The dads dressed in their finest and daughters, looking like princesses, were able to get their portraits taken by a local photographer. A catered dinner by Jill Daniel featured a crowd favorite, macaroni and cheese.
HUNTERTOWN ‚ÄĒ The season goes on for all three Whitley County wrestling teams as Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko each qualified a wrestler for next Saturday‚Äôs IHSAA Wrestling Semi-State.
Columbia City‚Äôs Russell Hazelet qualified with a fourth-place finish at 182 pounds and Churubusco freshman Chase Downing advanced by placing fourth in the 120-pound weight class. Whitko senior Cody Bays will represent the Wildcats by way of a third-place finish at 145 pounds.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The Lady Eagles basketball team opened a boy-girl double-header with a loss Friday, falling to the visiting Lady Lakers of Lakeland, 49-44.
In the first quarter, Lakeland jumped out to an early lead off of consecutive scores from Abi Thompson. After a foul shot from Thompson the Lady Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 deficit three minutes into the game.
Thompson scored again for Lakeland, but it was the last basket the Lady Lakers would score in the opening period.
Savannah Labenz scored four straight points to give Churubusco the lead.
WARSAW ‚Äď Columbia City High School started its swim program 15 years ago. Assistant Coach Phil Stanczak has been around for nearly all of them.
‚ÄúIn my 14 years of doing this, I‚Äôve never seen that happen,‚ÄĚ said Stanczak. ‚ÄúThat‚ÄĚ being sending an Eagle diver ‚Äď boy or girl ‚Äď to the state regional tournament.
That changed Saturday. Lady Eagle diver junior Audrey Gruettert finished in the top four at the Warsaw sectional, advancing her to regionals Tuesday. Gruettert‚Äôs 306.7 score placed her in fourth.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm very excited; still kind of in shock,‚ÄĚ Gruettert said.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Since Logan Irwin was a young boy his father Rob knew he was going to be a good basketball player. What Rob didn‚Äôt know, however, is just how good his son would be.
Logan joined the top scorers in the state after surpassing his 2,000th point Friday night in Whitko‚Äôs home game against North Miami. The sharp-shooter‚Äôs 27 points lifted his career scoring to 2,015 and helped the Wildcats to a 85-62 win over the Warriors.
Logan‚Äôs mom, Krista, said she felt the same as Rob ‚ÄĒ nervous.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The crowd in Churubusco, having just watched a Lady Eagle loss to Lakeland, watched its boys team return the favor to the Lakers in the second contest of the ‚ÄėBusco-hosted double-header by a score of 47-44.
In the first eight minutes, the score was knotted at two, four and nine. Eagles Smith, Austin Goepfrich, Dylan Jones and Josh LeFever all scored, as did Lakers Tim Abbott, Cody Richardson and Jalen King. King hit from long range as the buzzer sounded to even the score at 9-9.
Tied at 13, Lakeland went on a tear, notching nine of the next 12 points.